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TACOMA, WA -- Tacoma Students for a Democratic Society (Tacoma SDS) will be hosting the bi-annual Northwest SDS convention on November 30, December 1 and December 2 at the University of Puget Sound. This convention will be the third in the Northwest since SDS re-emerged in 2006. The weekend-long summit will provide opportunities for Northwest SDS chapters to communicate face-to-face and brainstorm new ideas.
Numerous workshops are planned for the weekend. These will include, for example, Jenny Wrobel's "Rhetoric for Radicals: msg sent does not equal msg received," which will address the problem of communicating with diverse audiences, including students, law officials, veterans, law-makers and general pedestrians. An attorney working with the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene, Oregon will also be at UPS to give a workshop about individual rights as they apply to activists and legal observers. Wally Cuddeford and Ben Groves will also be leading a workshop on organizing Port Militarization Resistance. There are more workshops -- the current schedule is available at http://tacomasds.org/convention/schedule
I was inspired by the sincerity of these students for their teachers and their education, and their extremely complimentary courageous "Walk Out" to say "HELL NO" to this war and to march in public for PEACE..
One point I didn't like hearing was how the "recruiters are there everyday at Foster High School ...walking the halls of that school and befriending these young kids day after day ... in order to keep the blood flowing in Iraq.
As Foster High Administration cranks up the pressure on the "Tukwila Six" It becomes a teachers witch hunt ...to suppress and intimidate, and now as it starts to unravel, the students become active and vocal as they show up at the school board meeting demading justice and speaking out.
The Portland Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and the Glaberman Library are hosting the 2nd Annual Radical Book fair. We're expecting over 15 New and Used Booksellers, Publishers and political organizations to participate, including:
Laughing Horse, Black Rose Collective,Great NW Books, St. John's Booksellers, Charles H. Kerr Publishers, Eberhardt Press, Taranchula, Malkriad@s, Red Letter Press, the IWW, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, and more! Food will available for purchase from the likes of our home town heroes: the RED & BLACK CAFE, and Liberty Hall Bake Sale-ers.
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 2nd
WHERE: Liberty Hall, 311 N Ivy, Portland
(One block South of N. Fremont, 2 Blocks West of Vancouver)
Please help Rainforest Relief help fight logging of old-growth, tropical rainforests. Below is an action alert with more information about the use of destructively harvested rainforest woods by a Portland developer, and what you can do about it.
Destructively harvested tropical hardwoods - most likely including llegally logged woods - are being used in the interiors of at least two of Hoyt Street Properties' Pearl District condominium developments that are being marketed for their "green" features. These materials, more scorched earth than green, include the mahogany lobby in The Metropolitan, and the "ebony" cabinets and "mahogany" flooring at The Encore.
Most members of the Washington County Board of Commissioners have repeatedly refused to respond to citizens' calls for reductions in global warming pollutants. The Board is ignoring citizen voices, and turning its back on the most important issue of our time.
Only one Washington County commissioner, Dick Schouten, responds to the emails I send him - the others ignore me. Other people I've talked to, also trying to get in touch with the Board, report a similar problem. The message these politicians are sending about themselves is that they do not care what their constituents want or think. Again and again I've asked them to consider passing the US Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration, and commiting to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions - but it's like yelling into a black hole. It's time for these people to be reminded that the opinions of those they are supposed to represent DO matter. If you live in Washington County, please help me wake up the Board by signing an on-line petition asking them to pass the Cool Counties Declaration. We'll keep gathering signatures until they CAN'T ignore this request any longer.
There are a host of new fossil fuel projects proposed in Oregon. 3 LNG terminals and 4 major pipelines are now actively seeking approval from local, state, and federal agencies. All of these projects will effectively use Oregon as a "back door" to hook California and the rest of the West Coast on a new generation of foreign fossil fuels.
This is an update to get folks up to speed on where things stand with these major fossil fuel projects.
As you know by now, the dollar is crashing, and cost of food is expected to soar. The reasons for the very high food costs are greater than the manufactured problem with the cost of oil.
This is an urgent wake up call to use your dollar while you can to get some basic needs meet as we move into a full blown recession. If you have the means of purchasing a rainwater tank, I suggest you do so. Currently, I'm looking for new roommates, and this time around I'm seeking people who are fairly awake a little bit more this time. This is about group survival now and I feel a lot of people who think they are progress in this city are about to get a rude awakening slap in the face.
Sell your stuff, help us out at our 2nd annual pancake breakfast. Its a benefit, for us, but hopefully it will be mutual aid, something this world is sorely lacking. Help keep Laughing Horse, your collectivly run, NOT for profit, FOR the people radical bookstore and community resource.
We did this last year and it was really good. Its gonna be at Liberty hall December 9th from 10 to 2ish. Vegan sausage and pancakes and coffe yum yums. We are looking for artisans and crafters to sell their wares . . .painters, bookbinders, knitting, crochet, patches, pipes, photos, clothes, boxes, socks, homemade cupcakes, etc anything made with love. We will ask for a small percentage of your sales, but you can have some free breakfst. :)
On Friday, November 16th, more than a 1,000 students in Washington State walked out of school to protest predatory military recruiters. Since the beginning of the Iraq War, the Pentagon has been assigning ever greater numbers of recruiters to dupe young people into signing up for this bloody, costly and illegal quagmire. In Olympia, 300-400 students walked out in protest, as did 700 young people in Seattle. In the marginalized, bedroom community of Tukwila, 200 students walked out of one high school to protest the recruiters that daily stalk their lunchrooms. Student made signs, marched to an I-5 overpass, and subsequently to the Tukwila City Hall for a civic and peaceful assembly. Now the principal and school district superintendent have begun a witch-hunt, not against students... yet, but against at least six of their teachers. These teachers have stood up for their students, some of the most disenfranchised in the state, both inside and outside the classroom. Who will standup for these six Tukwila teachers?
When Victoria House an Assisted Care facility in Port Townsend first opened a decade ago the original concept was to allow residents to "age in place" at the facility rather than move them from facility to facility, which is hard for seniors. Now the corporation who owns the facility has ended it contract to take in elderly who are very poor (on Medicaid). Long-time residents are being forced to move and the PT community is protesting the move.
Corporations are buying up many Assisted Living Facilities, Residential Care facilities and nursing homes and moving out the residents who live on medicaid. It is happening everywhere in the U.S. Here is what the people of Port Townsend are doing about a company that tried it in their community.
Under the guise of a bill that calls for the study of "homegrown terrorism," Congress is apparently trying to broaden the definition of terrorism to encompass both First Amendment political activity and traditional forms of protest such as nonviolent civil disobedience, according to civil liberties advocates, scholars and historians.
The proposed law, The Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1955), was passed by the House of Representative in a 404-6 vote Oct. 23. (The Senate is currently considering a companion bill, S. 1959.) The act would establish a "National Commission on the prevention of violent radicalization and ideologically based violence" and a university-based "Center for Excellence" to "examine and report upon the facts and causes of violent radicalization, homegrown terrorism and ideologically based violence in the United States" in order to develop policy for "prevention, disruption and mitigation."
Many observers fear that the proposed law will be used against U.S.-based groups engaged in legal but unpopular political activism, ranging from political Islamists to animal-rights and environmental campaigners to radical right-wing organizations. There is concern, too, that the bill will undermine academic integrity and is the latest salvo in a decade-long government grab for power at the expense of civil liberties.
PDX Peace is launching an intensive campaign to gather signatures on a petition urging the City Council to pass a resolution establishing all Portland as a sanctuary city for G.I. resisters.
This resolution would prohibit any public funds being used towards the arrest or detention of service members who exercise their duty to object to an illegal war by being 'away on leave.' Since the people of Portland are overwhelmingly opposed to the War, Portland has reason to stop the military prosecution of soldiers who refuse to go back.
Much of America's understanding of the early relationship between the Indian and the European is conveyed through the story of Thanksgiving. Proclaimed a holiday in 1863 by Abraham Lincoln, this fairy tale of a feast was allowed to exist in the American imagination pretty much untouched until 1970, the 350th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims. That is when Frank B. James, president of the Federated Eastern Indian League, prepared a speech for a Plymouth banquet that exposed the Pilgrims for having committed, among other crimes, the robbery of the graves of the Wampanoags. He wrote:
"We welcomed you, the white man, with open arms, little knowing that it was the beginning of the end; that before 50 years were to pass, the Wampanoag would no longer be a free people."
But white Massachusetts officials told him he could not deliver such a speech and offered to write him another. Instead, James declined to speak, and on Thanksgiving Day hundreds of Indians from around the country came to protest. It was the first National Day of Mourning, a day to mark the losses Native Americans suffered as the early settlers prospered. This true story of "Thanksgiving" is what whites did not want Mr. James to tell.
I remember some years back, when the newly minted "Pearl District" first began to gentrify. People were moving into expensive condominiums and something called "artists' lofts," where they paid a grand a month to live in a fake warehouse and pretend they were artists. And then, those same people were showing up in droves down at city hall, complaining because there were people sleeping in their doorways. (Likely, some of the doorway-sleeping culprits were the real artists who had been thrown out of the real warehouses, which had then been torn down to make way for the "artists' lofts" and the condominiums.) In response, the city began cleaning up for the urban yuppies.
And when they get their way, they create the stale, dead world they moved here from in the first place. The city becomes nothing more than a glass and steel shopping mall. Plastic and surface and all for sale. The gritty culture is gone, the interesting people are gone, the stories are gone. All that remains is shiny, new things no one cares about, boring people just like them, and places to go shopping. And who wants that? Nobody wants to live in a place like that. Nobody wants to visit a place like that.
So they all leave again. And the city begins to "decay" again. And the malls close down, and the housing prices plummet, and the warehouses empty out... and we can all move back again. And rebuild our own culture again.
Community is gathering to share crafts, food, and fun while supporting a democratic school focused on self-directive learning.
The Village Free School is partway through its third year serving youth five to eighteen in the Portland area. The school has grown from 24 students to 47 in just over two years and continues to move towards becoming a stable and significant contributor to the independent, alternative, and democratic community minded spirit of Portland.
With a commitment to be financially accessible to families, the school relies on local donations to subsidize its costs. On Sunday, November 25th, local artisans, crafters, musicians, foodies, and families from around Portland will meet up for a first ever Craft Bazaar at Liberty Hall.
Admission will be free, but the event is hoping to generate community relationships and donations.
Local music showman Professor Banjo (aka Paul Silveria) will play for kids (and adults too) from 2 - 3pm.
This fun can be found at 311 N. Ivy - one block south of Fremont, one block west of Vancouver. Near the 4, 44 and 33 bus lines.
The first day of the food drive was succesful there was many pledges to bring fod tomarrow since many did not have food on them today. We got quite a bit of food as well today. I also want to emphisize the fact that we will be distributing the food directly back to the homeless themsleves rather than giving it to a food bank the distribution will take place on PSU campus. Thank you again for your support and we will be back tomarrow between Cramer and Smith (Park and Montgomery) tomarrow between 10:00 am until around 8:00 pm tomarrow as well as Wensday.
laughing horse books will present our annual vegan pancake breakfast and craft fair at liberty hall on sunday december 9th, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. local crafters and an extensive booktable will also be available. cost will be $3 to $5 with no one turned away.
local crafters who would like display space or for further information, call us at 503 236 2893
Its thanksgiving time, and the homeless are still starving!
The PSU chapter of the SDS is organizing a food drive to help the homeless and we would love to take anything extra that you have.
Where: South Park Blocks (Near PSU- Look for an SDS sign and a table)
When: Monday through Wednesday
What: Non-perishable foods and socks, coats anything you have.
Who: The newly formed Portland State University SDS chapter
Contact us for more info at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The PLF would like to thank every single human being who was on the streets of Olympia for the last week. Although it took a while, the various groups were able to find a basic common ground in which they could operate together. On the night of Tuesday, November 13th, everyone respected each other, everyone protected each other, everyone did exactly what they wanted to do. The dangerous anarchists stopped being the dangerous anarchists. The na├»ve liberal stopped being the na├»ve liberal. The night of the 13th was beautiful.
It has been an extremely difficult time over the course of these actions, but over those nights everyone learned something about each other. People realized that cohesion is not easy to obtain and cannot be synthesized. Perfection stopped being the ultimate goal and effectiveness became what everyone strove for. There was no more intangible ideal that people were chasing on the streets. Instead, people did whatever they could to stop the horrible, never-ending slaughter and destruction all over the planet. None of this went perfectly though. Perfection is an illusion.
On the night of the 13th, the anarchist witches and wizards patrolled the crowd around the women's blockade, following under cover cops and guarding each other against fascists. The blockade held up the shipments until they were all arrested. And then the military tried to sneak the death-machines by on another road. All of a sudden, light began to leap from the shadows and the police guarding the Strykers were bewitched and pummeled by the new spells spread throughout Olympia. Everyone was running. Witches and wizards conjured objects from the sky. The internal military began to open fire on the crowd. Concussion grenades were going off as people suddenly realized they had a wand in their pocket. They took it out, gripped it firmly in their hands and began to counter the spells of the enemy which they had been trying to evade all of their lives.
Parrot smuggling, legal and illegal has already made extinct two Macaw groups, their numbers are dwindling at an ultra-drastic rate. Jack Devine, founder and director of the Macaw Landing Foundation, says that of the Macaws that are captured and transported to Northern Counties, 90% of them die in transport. Eventually they end up in the hands of wealthy owners where living in this type of captivity is devastating for the animal's emotional health.
Macaw Landing Wildlife Refuge is involved in a variety of conservation projects, along with reintroduction projects. Once the birds become healthy enough to be re-released into the wild, their reintroduction is orchestrated. The only project that has been put on hold -- is the Bolivian project. Devine had spent a year in negotiations with the Bolivian government when a group [he did not wish to identify these people] stopped this project in a court of law, for now. Wow. Can you believe these jerks? Devine has other projects where he has been able to reintroduce macaws, he mentioned Costa Rica as an example. On their 30-acre farm the conservationists offer supplemental food to some of the repatriated birds along with existing wild birds because of the drastic loss of habit.
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